Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Getting into the studio for 2020

As the weather is getting better  I have to get up to my studio and start cleaning up.  Basically havnt really been up there for 2 years other than  putting more stuff up there, my daughter moving in and her stuff going in there last year - grabbing stuff I needed down to the house.  So like a new years resolution I thought I better  outline  what I want to get done and see how I do for the spring/summer and fall  -  Although my main show has been cancelled for this year - its my opportunity to stock up and build up things and try some new things in the studio .  going to list 20 items and see where I get to


1. Create a Vitrograph kiln and set it up - I purchased all the fixins for this years ago and have the kiln so just need to build a set up to pull from

2. Clean up and get all my daughters boxes  stored to the back corner
3. Get all my books and magazines (that are in totes from my downstairs room that got taken over by my daughter ) either stored/stacked to back of studio or get some bookcases  to get some of them out and accessible
4.  clean up my Pen turning equipment area  (I left it a mess during the winter )
5. Clean up BIG kiln area so I can get in and start fusing
6. Clean up my wine bottle area - its overflowing with bottles
7.  Work on Some PMC Clay
8. Do more steel etching plates
9. Do more copper etching - earrings, pendants, bracelets
10. Make more recycled glass Plates (round and square  min 50)
11. Make more recycled glass candle holders (min 50 )
12. Make more fish  large and small
13 Make more cats regular and  fat Paddy
14 Make more lamp work jewelry  (bubble necklaces min 10)
15 Paint and finish a tiger  or any other painted  project
16 Make painted beads
17 Make more turtles
18 make more dragon eyes
19 make more hearts
20 Make more  ceramic  pattern sheets for fusing

that should keep me busy over the next month at least and see where I am

Everyone Stay Safe 

Monday, April 13, 2020

Another Resin cup - coming along

I started with a brown base for crackle effect -  then I did a seal of epoxy and some light glitter - now I have put on some sunflowers -  not sure the main one staying or going to replace with one that says You are my Sunshine

Monday, April 6, 2020

Resin Cups - Shipwreck

another white painted  cup - and using electrical tape  taped it off to make  boards on a ship
I did the whole cup
 

Then I used a darker  brown  alcohol ink  and painted it on -  then used a clear seal  and pulled the  tape off 
I only sealed the upper half and applied the lighter brown to emulate wood   (the bottom half is going to be water )   the octopus I am going to put on is at the side - on clear waterslide 

I put the octopus on - 
was very  hard to see 

so decided to create it on white water slide and cut it out and overlay it 
I then applied  resin and alcohol inks for the ocean 
applied another section of octopus  and a bit more resin and inks 
not a great pic but  what it looks like finished 





More resins cups - nightmare before christmas tattoo - crime scene cups

I took 2 more of the white painted cups

I applied the NMBC tattoo - boy that was fun and awkward on these cups with the reduced bottom - 
the first half not so bad but still had some  cracks  but the second half what a mess

but luckily markers  worked to fill in and over wright - and used them as well to fill in the extra white spaces so it looked all linked
I got the tattoos from  Amazon.com  12 of them for about 13.00 u.s.  the amazon canada was way high even with conversion and shipping 


you can really see the cracks and spaces 

I then did two crime scene cups - the first I put slashes of red - and I love that I did in a different red than the decals I made -   I put drips around the edge and printed more  blood splotches and the crime scene tape 


Here are the fronts - after resin 

Here are the backs after resin - the NBC cup  you cant tell at all there were spaces or cracks in the tattoo


More Resin Cups - Smoke & X-ray Flowers and a Pennywise cup


So I painted a nice couple of cups white - no drips - yeah !    (so I ended up with a few white based cups ) 

The first one I wanted to try was a "smoke" cup  where you use a little tea light and a piece of metal (knife) over the flame to cause it to smoke  and voila - you get a nice looking background to work with

I then sealed it with a clear  spray so it would not  move from holding it in my hands 
then I printed what are called x-ray flowers  and a phrase and butterflies and applied the waterslide decals to the cup sealed it again with a clear spray - so it wont lift while applying epoxy 

 image of x-ray flowers 

this pic is before resin 

Next I took another  white cup and applied Pennywise decal I printed and saying - sealed it and then epoxied it 


these pics are before resin 

after resin 
Here they are finished with lids